Music and Lyrics (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Music and Lyrics (2007)



Critic Consensus: Music & Lyrics is a light and pleasant romantic comedy that succeeds because of the considerable charm of its co-stars. The music segments featuring Hugh Grant are worth the price of admission.

Movie Info

A professional collaboration between a popular lyricist and a washed-up musician takes a decidedly personal turn as the pair gradually finds their relationship developing into something much deeper in a romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Alex Fletcher (Grant) may have been all the rage in the 1980s, but these days he's lucky to get a gig playing at the local county fair. Just when it seems as if things couldn't get any more bleak for the dejected has-been rocker, reigning pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) offers Alex the opportunity of a lifetime -- write and record a duet to be sung with her and watch his career receive a much-needed boost as the nostalgia-crazed public laps it up. Little does Cora realize that not only has it been years since Alex has written a song, but he's never actually written a single lyric. Now, if he hopes to make the comeback needed to save him from a life of complete and utter obscurity, Alex will have to craft a radio-friendly hit in a matter of mere days. Luckily for Alex, his quirky plant-keeper Sophie Fisher (Barrymore) has quite a way with words and may possess just the kind of songwriting talent needed to make such a hit happen. Unfortunately the beguiling Sophie is still reeling from a recent break-up with newly famous novelist Sloan Cates (Campbell Scott), and she isn't quite sure if she's ready for any kind of collaboration right now -- romantic or otherwise. Despite Alex's hesitation to commit and Sophie's reluctance to collaborate, the pair quickly discovers that a little chemistry can go a long way in healing the wounds of the past and laying the foundation for a much-deserved future of happiness and success. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Marc Lawrence
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2007
Box Office: $50.5M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Hugh Grant
as Alex Fletcher
Drew Barrymore
as Sophie Fisher
Brad Garrett
as Chris Riley
Kristen Johnston
as Rhonda Fisher
Campbell Scott
as Sloan Cates
Scott Porter
as Colin Thompson
Jason Antoon
as Greg Antonsky
Haley Bennett
as Cora Corman
Nick Bacon
as Pop Bass Player
Andrew Wyatt Blakemo...
as Pop Guitar Player
Dan McMillan
as Pop Drummer
Tom Foligno
as Has-Beens Promo Anno...
Zak Orth
as David Newbert
Brooke Tansley
as Janice Stern
Emma Lesser
as Lucy Fisher
Adam Grupper
as Gary Fisher
Spenser Leigh
as Beth Riley
Lou Torres
as Security Guard
Kali R. Harrison
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Music and Lyrics

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (41)

It's more fun than a Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears concert circa 1985, and I mean that in a good way.

February 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Light, sweet and agreeably confident

Full Review… | February 20, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Lawrence has a distinct lack of ability to write anything remotely resembling a real human. Maybe romantic comedies don't really need that sort of thing but if there's nothing else going for it - and there's nothing else going for it - it would help.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Sweet, predictable date movie. Teens OK.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Move beyond the lame title, and you'll find an unexpectedly good movie, with the inspired casting of Drew Berry and Hugh Grant possessing the necessary chemistry to lift this rote, manufactured story into something appealing.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Far too little originality ... to make the film anything other than a disposable rom-com triviality.

Full Review… | July 3, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for Music and Lyrics

Good original rom com. Very catchy music and excellent take on Wham duo. Hugh Grant plays a 80s pop star who has lost his glory. He teams up with a hip new songstress who wants him to write a song for them but he gets writer's block. A girl (Drew) who waters his plants helps him out.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The first five minutes were pure gold and the rest of the film an everlasting backslide. But the two leads are pretty charismatic, so it wasn't, like, a complete waste of time. The love song is nice in a poppy, catchy kind of way.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Certainly a brave romcom as Hugh Grant plays a has been 80's rock star (think: the other guy in Wham, no, not George Michael, the other guy) looking to not has been. That means a singing and dancing Hugh - that's where the bravery comes in, him to do it, and you to watch. Things look bleak for his career dreams (and this film unashamedly links success and romance - you can't have one w/o t'other) until romcom magic happens and in walks Drew Barrymore ... and now I've told you everything. Still not as offensive as one might think given my description.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Music and Lyrics Quotes

Sophie Fisher: Well, I could wear like bright orange so that you couldn't miss me.
Alex Fletcher: Good. Good. Perhaps you can get some road work done while you wait.
– Submitted by Ashley N (3 years ago)

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